Updated MEDACT Report

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Since the release of the original MEDACT report in 2015, over 350 academic papers of various sorts have been published, examining the impacts of high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for shale gas on air and water quality, health, climate change, social wellbeing, economics, noise and light pollution, and seismic events.  This new report updates the findings of a review of the more recent evidence.

David McCoy, the report’s lead author states that ‘the biggest threat posed by shale gas is via global warming, but there are also direct risks to the health and wellbeing of local populations. What is striking is the lack of an integrated social, economic, environmental and health impact assessment of fracking”.

Medact’s view that the UK should abandon its policy to encourage shale gas production remains unchanged.  

In arriving at this view, Medact carefully considered the arguments put forward by the industry-funded Task Force on Shale Gas, which concluded that shale gas production in the UK would be safe, economically beneficial and important for the UK’s energy security. Medact’s latest report disagrees with their conclusions and explains why:

Hazardous pollutants are produced at all stages of the shale gas production process.  The range of pollutants are outlined in the report.  Based on current evidence it is not possible to conclude that there is a strong association between shale gas related pollution and negative local health effects.  However, there is clearly potential for negative health impacts.   In particular, there are risks of:

(i) adverse reproductive outcomes due to exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals,

(ii) risk of respiratory effects resulting from ozone and smog formation,

(iii) stress, anxiety and other psycho-social effects arising from actual and perceived social and economic disruption.

Further information can be found here.

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CALLING ALL BUSINESSES AGAINST FRACKING!

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Calling all businesses that stand against fracking in PEDL 164, 165 and 261.  Please email

haf@fastmail.com

to sign up to the “Businesses Against Fracking” list prior to any planning applications being submitted by Aurora to Sefton MBC or Lancashire CC.

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The Human Dimensions of Shale Gas Development

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The prospect of fracking for shale gas in Lancashire has already had a profound effect on local people, according to new research.

A study by Anna Szolucha, of the University of Bergan in Norway, found that even before exploration had begun residents living near proposed sites had experienced stress and anxiety.

Much of this was caused by what she described as “a profound sense of moral outrage” at the activities of the gas company, local authorities and the government.

This had led to depression, annoyance and feelings of disenfranchisement, she said.

Residents also reported:

  • Atmosphere of intimidation and fear
  • Feelings of powerlessness
  • Conflicts between former friends
  • Disillusionment with politics and politicians
  • Lack of confidence in the shale gas company, Cuadrilla
  • Distrust of council officers and regulators
  • Changed perceptions of the police

The 123-page report, The Human Dimension of Shale Gas Developments in Lancashire, concluded that Cuadrilla and decision-makers in Lancashire had failed to take account of social and psychological factors when considering plans for fracking at two sites in the county.

Ruth Hayhurst  – 31 Aug 2016

See Drill or Drop for further analysis of Dr Szolucha’s report

Human Dimensions of Shale Gas Developments in Lancashire, UK is available here

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THIRD “EVERYTHING WE STAND TO LOSE” JOURNEY!

 

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Join us again for our third “All we stand to lose” journey around the seismic survey area!  Sunday, 21st August at 11 am from St. Aidan’s Hall, Shirdley Hill.  We will be going for a nostalgic journey around the survey area taking in all the lovely countryside that will turn into an industrial wasteland if fracking ever took hold!  We will also be raising awareness in Southport during the Flower Show when lots of visitors are in town.

It will be a fun, family event whilst getting our message out in the survey area!

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Email for places: haf@fastmail.com

 

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MEETING OF “FRACK FREE FORMBY” TONIGHT 7.30PM AT THE HOP AND HORN

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From Frack Free Formby’s Facebook page:

FFF is holding a public meeting at the Hop & Horn on Tuesday 16 August, starting at 7.30 pm.

We will be joined by representatives from:

• Halsall Against Fracking
• Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF)
frack-off.org.uk

They will be there to give you all the information you need and answer all your questions as to why we all should be concerned about the consequences of fracking.

Please pass details to any friends and family in Formby!

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“Rolled up” hearing – first step towards a full hearing Judicial Review of NYCC’s decision to allow Third Energy to frack KM8

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Following the decision by North Yorkshire County Council on 23rd May 2016 to grant permission to allow Third Energy to frack at Kirby Misperton near the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Friends of the Earth and local residents’ group, Frack Free Ryedale applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the NYCC decision.  FOE said:

The key reasons for pursuing legal action are:
•    The council’s failure to properly assess climate change. This is because the council did not consider the environmental impact of burning gas extracted to create electricity at a nearby power station in Knapton;
•    The council also failed to secure long term financial protection against environmental damage.

These are the main areas that have led us and Frack Free Ryedale to believe that the decision taken on 23 May was unlawful.

Despite the clear rejection of fracking by residents in North Yorkshire and by 99.2% of people who responded to the council’s consultation on the plans, the council voted on 23 May to allow Barclays-owned Third Energy to frack in Kirby Misperton, Ryedale.

The case proceeded to the “permission stage” and a Judge has now ordered a “rolled up” hearing to decide whether or not a full hearing should be carried out.  If permission is granted, the claim goes to a full hearing on its merits.  The “rolled up” hearing will be heard before the end of October!

There is a lot happening in the autumn that will affect our lives forever!

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£10K TO BE FRACKED? DON’T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT!

 

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“Don’t believe a word of what you read in the press!”  How many times have you heard that?  Well here’s why you shouldn’t believe the rubbish printed over the weekend that communities will get £10K per household if they drop their opposition to being “FRACKED”!  Unbelievable!

http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2016/08/08/governments-fracking-payout-claim-just-not-true/

If fracking is good, if fracking is safe, then why would a government resort to “bribing” communities and individuals to accept it?

OUR RESPONSE:

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THE SURVEY IS COMING TO AN END BUT OPPOSITION IS MOUNTING FAST!

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Tesla have advised West Lancashire Borough Council that all shot point firing activity was completed within the West Lancashire area covered by the survey on Saturday 6th August. They are now in the process of recovering the recording nodes.

However, the survey is not due to complete until 13th August so be aware!

Communities in the survey area are galvanising themselves into action ahead of any announcement that Aurora has applied for planning permission to carry out exploratory drilling.  Aurora have said:

“Should the survey be encouraging it is likely that Aurora will seek planning permission to drill one or two exploratory wells.”

We will be watching carefully for any application whilst continuing to raise awareness in all the communities that will be affected.  Opposition is mounting fast as communities have witnessed the seismic survey.

Many public meetings will be organised in the coming weeks!

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Contact details for Aurora and Tesla

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As a result of many residents’ enquiries today:
Addresses for complaints about the seismic survey:
Aurora Energy Resources Limited
Westfield Estate
Milltimber
Aberdeen  AB13 0EX
Ian Roche
Tesla Exploration Ltd.,
Unit 2, Nix’s Hill,
Nixs Hill Industrial Estate,
Alfreton DE55 7GN
Best email I can find is: geophysics@teslaexploration.com
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SECOND “EVERYTHING WE STAND TO LOSE” JOURNEY!

Hop on board for our second journey around the seismic survey area but this time on the Big Red Anti-Fracking Bus!  Sunday 31st July 11 am.  Email haf@fastmail.com to reserve places!

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